The ambiguous role of the chaplain

Acute hospitals are places where boundaries and/or bridges between clinical and spiritual priorities are tested, especially in the decision-making process, such as in multidisciplinary team meetings. In our field site in London, chaplains are part of the end-of-life multidisciplinary team meetings. During a walking interview, one of the spiritual care practitioners took me to the … Continue reading “The ambiguous role of the chaplain”

Photosynthesis of prayer: on exchanges of energy and healing gardens

In his article on nature and hospitals, Roger Ulrich writes about how windows with views of nature speed healing (1984). The notion that nature was important to healing has been around for thousands of years: see, for instance, how the temples in honour of Asclepius -the Greek god of healing – were built high up … Continue reading “Photosynthesis of prayer: on exchanges of energy and healing gardens”

In-between spaces and moments in acute hospitals: an unexpected geography of prayer

Everyday interaction in hospitals allows for the crossing of boundaries in unexpected ways, creating in-between spaces and moments. Many nuances emerge when looking at shared spaces and moments between categories that are often perceived as opposites or binaries, such as, for instance ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’. Secular spaces in the hospital can unexpectedly become sacred. For … Continue reading “In-between spaces and moments in acute hospitals: an unexpected geography of prayer”